> > the perfect time to write:
> > >> 19:25:45 -0700 (PDT) the perfect time to write:
> > >>>>>> Even when taking the entire lane, cars may not see you due to visual
> > >>>>>> clutter.
> > >>>>> For a certain value of "may." If it were likely that a motorist didn't
> > >>>>> see me taking the lane due to visual clutter, I'd have been run over
> > >>>>> from behind long before now.
> > >>>> For certain values of "likely".
> > >>>> I recall a couple who were riding the local mountain. ? He was in the
> > >>>> middle of the lane, while she was to his left (closest to the edge of
> > >>>> the road). ? Quite visible in the middle of the day.
> > >>>> A female driver who was allegedly focused on her visual clutter (mobile
> > >>>> phone I think), hit him from behind, square in the middle of the bumper.
> > >>>> ? He went over the car backwards and landed on the road behind - broken
> > >>>> but not dead. ? His partner didn't get hit at all.
> > >>> Yes, that sometimes (rarely) happens. There have also been incidents
> > >>> of totally distracted drivers mowing down cyclists who were riding way
> > >>> over on highway shoulders. Nothing is 100% perfect. I just keep in
> > >>> mind that such crashes are very, very rare.
> > >> And of course, the ONLY solution to such atrocious driving is the
> > >> removal of such drivers from the road.
> > >> Strangely, regulatory authorities don't seem to be able to recognise
> > >> that some people just cannot be trusted to operate dangerous machinery
> > >> in a public place, even when they've proved beyond all reasonable
> > >> doubt that it is so, and that the original grant of the license was an
> > >> error, which the authorities have a clear duty to rectify.
> > >As a regular reader of newspapers, the notably horrific
> > >crashes are often by a guy with suspended/revoked license
> > >after a half dozen drunk driving convictions or some such.
> > >Addled texters with earphones are no better.
> > >The implication that licensing is an answer is refuted by
> > >the evidence on both sides, viz., properly licensed idiots
> > >and unlicensed habitual offender idiots.
> > >Not that all drivers are out to kill cyclists but licensing
> > >hardly separates the various groups.
> > The link between the two types you describe is the perception of
> > driving a motor vehicle as some kind of right.
> > This is perpetuated by zoning/planning laws which allow the kind of
> > urban sprawl that makes public transport difficult to run efficiently,
> > while putting essential facilities out of reach except by car.
> > As a particularly ridiculous example, most hospitals are now on out of
> > town sites, which if you are lucky only need one change of bus to
> > reach from the population they are supposed to serve.
> One local success story fighting that mentality: Our village has a
> library branch, one of (at the time) 18 county library branches.
> We're lucky to have an excellent county library system.
> Anyway, maybe ten years ago, those of us on the village's bike-ped
> committee got word that the library board decided we needed a much
> bigger building. That was because our little branch had the second
> highest usage rate in the county.
> But since the existing branch was in a tight place next to a creek,
> the board was planning to build a new building about five miles away,
> between our village and the next rural one, in a former cornfield -
> the kind of place most people would reach _only_ by car.
> We started spreading the word and campaigning. Critically, a local
> activist who is a very competent architect drew up preliminary plans
> showing how a much larger building could fit on the site. Others
> pointed out that the very reason for the high usage is that the
> current site is within walking distance of five schools, allowing kids
> to visit on their own. Others in favor of the current site were local
> elderly, who walked to the library and preferred not to drive.
> The library board had a community meeting, at which they proposed to
> allow citizens to speak in favor, or against, moving the library. The
> auditorium had hundreds present, and for over an hour, citizen after
> citizen (including me) walked up to the microphone and gave reasons
> the library should not be moved. Not one person spoke in favor of a
> library in the cornfields.
> The board seemed astonished and cowed. They said "Well, the voice of
> the people is clear. We'll try to keep the library where it is." And
> indeed, they did. And we have a gorgeous library building on the same
> site, one that's now a prime gathering place for kids of all ages,
> toddlers to college age. Not to mention us old guys!